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The Vols took a big hit in the Scout rankings, dropping down to #26. Surprisingly, the loss of Santos did not hurt too much with 247 (#18) and Rivals (#12). Now if the Big Orange can just reel in a couple of key targets remaining on the board, there is still a strong possibility that we end up in the Top 12 -15 range.
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There's still a chance to rebound with a Kirven, Patterson, Q. Davis.....can't say recruit, recruit, recruit right now, only pray, pray, pray !!
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My first concern is that we don't loose anyone else. But I agree with you, hope we get some nice additions.
I have always thought more highly of Rivals than Scout. Rivals had him as a 3 star and Scout and ESPN(same thing) think quite a bit of him. Haven't seen the rankings here for long obviously so don't have a good feel yet as to how they play out.
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I've always said that it doesn't matter where we rank in abstract nearly as much as it does w/regard to the other teams in the SEC. I'd rather have a better class than anyone else in the SEC but have the 30th ranked class overall, than have the 8th class, with Bama, LSU, UF, UGA, Arky, SC, and A&M all with better classes.
Of course, it's how they pan out rather than how they rank as 17 yr olds that matters most, but my point is if I'm our coaching staff, it doesn't matter that you could beat 80% of the teams in the ACC if you go 1-7 or 2-6 in conference play.
As for my "personal" rankings, I tend to base things on meeting needs more than "star power" alone, similar to an NFL draft analysis. Under most of these rating systems, getting Patterson for Santos would be a "good trade" based on stars, but not based on need. We have more talent right now at the WR position than we do at MLB.
Not saying we have no need for Patterson or that we haven't gotten any thinner at WR, but we still need a premium MLB more, IMO.
This post was edited by doberVol 2 years ago
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well said +1
I agree with everything you posted except Patterson not being a need. While it's true that we have a lot of TALENT at WR, we don't have near enough DEPTH. With the loss of Arnett, our options behind Hunter and Darick are unproven and limited, so I think another big talent WR who is ready to take the field would be a huge need. jmo though. Even if Hunter comes back 100%, I will cringe every time he or Darick take a hit next year until someone else steps up. We all know how it negatively effects Darick when he is the only big receiving threat.
This post was edited by jcochran0724 2 years ago
Evaluating this signing class and the repercussions of losing Santos vs what we have to gain is hard to fully comprehend. You have to take into account that signing less than our quota in this class might actually work to our advantage. With back counting and the way that our prospects for the 2013 class are looking, having a few extra spots open next year could reap rewards. Especially in the interest of adapting to the 3-4, which we'll be using this coming year to transition to more than likely, we can pick up a few developmental candidates and work the 4-3/3-4 split this year and then next year go crazy filling out the LB position with outstanding recruits.
I think if we pull Patterson and KK we'll have an outstanding class no matter what else happens (also assuming we hold onto Peters who is key to the 3-4 shift). If we only sign 23 of 25 it definitely wouldn't be a bad thing if you look at the big picture, especially considering the chances of having several high profile names in key positions that we haven't highly recruited for this year possibly moving on to the NFL after next season. I would actually like to see us finish with a recruiting class of 24 which would include the rest of the remaining targets minus Legget (sp?).
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